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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Cardinal Salazar: Pope Francis elected in wide consensus

2013-03-17

CARD. RUBÉN SALAZAR GÓMEZ
Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia)

“Getting two thirds of the votes is not easy. But immediately the consensus began growing, and growing and growing. It the end, the voting was overwhelming in his favor.”

The Colombian cardinal said Pope Francis is humble and simple, and that despite being 76 years old, he has good health.

CARD. RUBÉN SALAZAR GÓMEZ
Archbishop of Bogotá (Colombia)

“You have never heard anyone say that Cardinal Bergoglio was a fragile person, as we had heard that the health of Cardinal Ratzinger was fragile.”

During the general congregation meetings, cardinals talked about the Vatican Curia. Not necessarily about reforming it, but rather having go back to its original purpose.

CARD. RUBÉN SALAZAR GÓMEZ
Archbishop of Bogotá (Colombia)

“The biggest complaint about the Curia was that it was too bureaucratic and had lost its pastoral side. In other words, the support for the Holy Father to evangelize and the support to the bishops in their evangelization efforts in their dioceses.”

Cardinal Rubén Salazar reiterated that as a Jesuit, Cardinal Bergoglio chose the name Francis, to honor the founder of the Franciscans, and also to show the universality of the Church.


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